I have owned seven British cars. I enjoy working to restore the cars in my various garages from New Hampshire, Memphis, TN, and Olathe, KS. I read service manuals on flights in and out of Boston's Logan airport in the 1980s. I also use trained British car professionals to help with major complicated upgrades and repairs.Read More
I grew up in England and was always fond of the MGAs and MGBs. After moving to Canada, graduating high school and having saved enough money, I bought my first 1972 MGB. Like a fool, I sold the car four years later to get married.
Jump 25 years into the future.Read More
This car was sold for scrap in an estate sale. The former owner never got around to fixing her up and she sat rotting away in a field till the sale.
I had only gone to the sale in search of hotrod parts, but this little car called out to me for help. We are after all the same model year.Read More
Steven Akers' 1971 MGB
I am starting a new adventure. I purchased a 1971 recently.
I had a 1968 MGB in 1972, while I was in the Navy. I loved that car.
I'm retired now and had been looking for and found my new "girlfriend."
I have wanted a little British sports car since I was a teen, and when my mid-life crisis period came around I got the bug again. So, I started looking online and locally, and found a red Triumph Spitfire I liked, at $7000. Unfortunately, my wallet was uncooperative so I continued my quest for something a little cheaper.Read More
Rose Larson's 1971 Triumph GT6
My first car was a Triumph GT6 exactly like the one pictured. In fact, my husband and I took that car on our honeymoon 42 years ago. We sold the car in 1974 when we were assigned to Germany.
I always liked that cute little car and regretted selling it. A few years ago, we found another GT6 of the same year, color and equipment as my original car...but, it needed some work and tender loving care. My husband did a complete frame - off restoration, and, with help of Victoria British, a couple years later I had my cute little GT6 back.
This GT6 is as fun to drive now as it was when first owned it. There is only one difference between my original car and the restored car...the restoration shrunk a little. My husband said: "it must have been the paint."
Around fifty years ago while still at school, I helped a school friend and his elder brother build a Lotus Seven from a kit of parts. It took around three or four weekends to get the car onto the road and it was a delight. Although too young to drive myself, I had a few trips in it and can remember the need to have either bicycle clips or rubber bands around one's trouser ankles, to stop the trousers blowing up like balloons, caused by the air coming in through the foot wells. I never forgot that car, but was already a sports car fan before that at the age of seven, having read 'The Red Car’, a story about a young boy and a wrecked MG, by Don Stanford.
Well, life goes on, as they say, but I never forgot either the Lotus or the MG.Read More
When I was a small child in the years following world war two, very few people had, or could indeed, afford to own a car. The bicycle was the prominent form of transport for most ordinary people, and the ownership of a motorcycle was largely the province of the middle classes. Only the very well off could enjoy the pleasure and freedom that a car would give as family transport, especially as the rationing of fuel was still in force. You will then imagine the excitement when our father turned up one weekend with an MG Magnette touring car.Read More
This is my 1970 MG Midget, built at Abingdon-on-Thames, England, and her story. The MG Midget was derived from the Austin-Healy “Bugeye” Sprite of 1958. The initial concept of the bugeye was to build a sports car around existing standard components as cheaply as possible. This entry level sports car was intended to be serviceable, or tuned for racing, by the owner. The car utilized existing technology and components from the Morris, Austin and Healy automobile lines, of which Morris Garages, or MG, was a part. They were proven, reliable parts designed in the early and mid 50’s, except for the brakes, which Lockheed designed specifically for this car. These cars were the first British cars..Read More
Al Kernagis' 1980 MGB
I am the original owner and it was my everyday driver for eight years. Many trips taken to the West and the South. It was stored away in a barn in 1989 and was occasionally used but not seriously utilized until there was a partial restoration started in 2010.
There was lots of rust in the normal "B" locations and numerous mouse dens were found. The local foreign car shop, Motorcar Garage, assisted with returning the LE back into shape.
Brian Holland's 1979 MG Midget
About 13 years ago, my brother and I pooled our money and paid $600 to push this baby off of a car lot and onto a trailer. We were eager to get it home and begin what would end up being a life-long family project. The MG was a sad sight back then - the interior was worn and cracked from the sun. The wheels were old and mismatched. The original British Racing Green paint had been covered by a dirty rattle-can job. There had been an obvious engine fire at some point, and I could go on and on!
Over the years we;ve given her a complete engine rebuild, added a Weber carbuerator and intake, Monza header and exhaust, new transmission and rear end, wheels/tires, interior kit and one heck of a paint job.
Almost all of the parts for this wonderful little roadster where purchased from Victoria British, and everything has held up great. She's been a fun little summer cruiser.
My brother unexpectedly passed away 3 years ago, but his 10-year-old son has very eagerly volunteered to take his dad's place in the lifelong build that is our 1979 MG Midget.
Every spring when I get this car out from its winter slumber, I'm reminded of the great times that my brother and i have had. Every summer I receive offers from people who want to buy my MG, but like I tell my little nephew, this car is staying in the family forever.
When I was a kid in the early 70’s, my aunt had a Triumph TR3. I would sit in it and pretend to drive every time my family went for a visit. I thought it was the coolest car ever. Flash forward about 35 or 40 years. I had restored a tractor and a motorcycle and wanted to tackle a car. That TR3 instantly came to mind. As I started looking for one though, I found thatRead More
Jeffrey Lampinski's 1968 Triumph GT6 Mk1
I've always had a love affair with the Triumph GT6 Mk1. Its sleek Michelotti-inspired styling and refined interior presented an inexpensive yet civilized grand touring car, worthy of its press description as "the poor man's E-Type." I bought this car four years ago and undertook an exacting restoration to return it to its original beauty - Wedgwood blue over Midnight blue. Victoria British was my provider of choice in returning to its glory this piece of Standard-Triumph history. After all, it was born from the legendary Spitfire GTs of Le Mans racing fame. Thank you, Victoria British.
Thomas Roberts' 1980 Triumph TR8s
These are some pictures of my two TR8s. Both are 1980 drop heads. One has 97,000 miles and the other has 47,000 miles. They are basically the same, except one has had the intake converted to accommodate a Holley carburetor. The other still has the original Stromberg's. With the help of Victoria British and local mechanic, Eric Van Sickle of Leyland British Repair, we are able to keep them running. I especially like the exploded views in your catalogs - it makes it easy to find and order parts. Still have a few more things to complete so I will be in touch. Thank you for your help.
Gaetan Goulet's 1963 Triumph Spitfire
On our 30th wedding anniversary, I asked my wife, Sylvie, if there was something special she would like. I had previously restored two older vehicles with my two sons as they were growing up.
Sylvie always wanted a convertible so she said, "Let's restore a car together."
I got the opportunity to purchase a work in progress. The Triumph was totally taken apart, so it was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle with many of the pieces missing.
Thanks to Victoria British we were able to restore the car to almost original condition. Note: the interior work using "cheetah" print material to accent the fact that Slyvie has an African Serval cast as a pet.
The car runs great.
Happy wife, happy life.
John Land's 1978 MG Midget
I bought my MG Midget last October in 2015. I drove it home and though I would make a couple of cosmetic repairs. I started and I took more parts off than what I had planned on.
I completely stripped the car of all its parts: doors, windows, trunk lid, hood, windshield, seats, bumpers, all lights and trim. I sanded, cut out bad areas, & welded in new parts.
After five months of work, I sent it to my local body shop for a Brook-land Green paint job. I have spent the last three months putting all the parts back together. I'm close to having it go back to my local body shop for a good once over and a buff job & polish.
Thanks goes to Victoria British LTD. for having a great catalog, and the great fitting parts.
This is the first MG I have ever worked on. I have enjoyed it very much. I have always wanted one, and now I'm a proud owner of a completely refurbished MG. I will post photos after I get it back from the polish job.
Charles Morrison's 1969 Triumph GT6 Mk2
I have had this GT6 since 1990. It was laid up for about 15 years, then started a slow motion project still under way. The idea is to supercharge the car and make other improvements to fit my personal notions of an improved GT6 suitable for recreational motoring. It has a number of modifications, including a five-speed gearbox, but have tried to maintain the character of a British sports car of the era. It is recently returned from a body-off exercise. Yes, it is not a GT6 color.
Ron Buys' 1967 MGB-GT
It all began in March of 1967, while I was serving in the Army with NATO in Paris. I purchased my new 1967 blue MGB-GT. I was able to travel extensively to 12 European countries, clocking some 15,000 km on the car.
When I was discharged I had the car shipped from Bremerhaven, Germany to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey. From there I went north to Quebec and Ontario, Canada, then back to the U.S. at Niagara Falls. After reentering the U.S., I drove all the way to the Pacific Northwest and Washington State. The MGB-GT & I arrived in Washington in August of 1968.
I married in June the following year and the GT went with us on our honeymoon. Go forward three years and my wife was expecting our first child which meant the car had to go. I sold it to a local young man who drove it for eight years, then parked it behind a building to rust away.
Now go forward 34 years to 2006, when I was able to buy it back for one dollar.
Thanks to Victoria British and 700 hours of work, it is now back to its original condition and owner! It now has 68,000 km on the odometer. It has all matching serial numbers and I have my original owners' manual and warranty book still in the glove box.
I have been busy adding to my collection. My next complete restoration will be my 1952 MG-TD. I surely want to thank Victoria British for the years of good service and quality products.
I bought this 1978 MG Midget on a warm summer day. I was kind of bummed that I had to sell my old 1954 Chevy 210 that I totally rebuilt. I bought that old Chevy for $1,000 many moons ago. After much money and time she was rebuilt with a 350/350 tranny and a Camaro rear end. I bought a front clip from a salvage yard that was a 1970 Chevy nova. I had power steering and power brakes. I think I paid $150 for it. The Camaro rear end was also $150 dollars.Read More